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EDF Energies Nouvelles, a French renewable energy company, has completed the construction of a 12MW solar park in Marseille in the south-east region of France. Plans for the plant originated in 2010 when EDF Energies Nouvelles signed a contract to build the 12MW facility, which required three year’s of planning and one year of construction. It is due to be commissioned in early October.
The power plant has been built at the former Entressen waste dumping site at St. Martin de Crau owned by the city of Marseille. The site had been deemed unusable for agricultural production but EDF Energies Nouvelles was able to use this degraded land and adapt it for the development of the solar park. The 29-acre site has been leased to EDF Energies Nouvelles for a period of no less than 30 years, after which the plant may continue to operate or be decommissioned.
The power plant utilizes 145,454 thin-film PV modules which help to produce approximately 16,800 MWh of electricity every year. The modules all face south and are tilted at a 25 degree angle.
Completion of the plant has been welcomed by the mayor of Marseille who has prioritized sustainable development. Marseille is one of the most committed cities to photovoltaics in France. It has a total of 190,000 square metres equipped with solar panels.